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Selective review of studies on the behavioural effects of childhood malnutrition

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Protein-energy malnutrition is a somewhat misleading name for childhood malnutrition. Other nutrient deficiencies besides protein and energy, such as trace elements and vitamins, are frequently present [1]. Therefore in this paper we shall omit the prefix ‘protein-energy’ and just refer to ‘childhoo’ malnutrition. The criteria commonly used for the diagnosis of malnutrition depends on weight deficits and the presence of oedema [2]. This fails to distinguish between severity and duration, and includes children who have been mildly undernourished for long periods of time beginning from gestation, and those who have suffered a more short severe episode. Also children who have suffered from repeated bouts of infection are combined with others who have been predominantly affected by insufficient nutrient intake. It is not clear to what extent these factors may affect behaviour differently. The social context in which malnutrition occurs as well as the stage of development of the child also modify the impact of malnutrition.

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  • Mental Development
  • School Achievement
  • Severe Malnutrition
  • Malnourished Child
  • Index Child

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Powell, C.A., Grantham-McGregor, S.M. (1990). Selective review of studies on the behavioural effects of childhood malnutrition. In: Visser, H.K.A., Bindels, J.G. (eds) Child Nutrition in South East Asia. Eighth Nutricia Symposium. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-009-1996-9_9

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